While the White House haggles with Congress about where to try suspects, some are quietly transferred to foreign countries
Closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay,
Last week, Justice transferred three detainees to the Republic of
The larger battle over closing the prison entirely has become entangled in the proposed method and location for trying prominent detainees.
Another development is illustrative of the problem the administration faces. Last week, a federal judge ordered the release of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a 39-year-old Mauritanian who was accused in the report by the 9/11 commission of having been a key al Qaeda recruiter. Earlier, prosecutors had considered seeking the death penalty in his case. But a judge in
Holder announced late last week that the department would appeal the ruling, but the case faces an uphill battle in the courts. Yet another possibility is shipping Slahi off to a foreign country willing to accept him, a process similar to that used for the detainees transferred this week. However, Slahi's publicly admitted connections with al Qaeda make such an offer of foreign asylum unlikely.
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